Postdoctoral Researcher - Metabolic Engineering and Synthetic Biology

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Postdoctoral Researcher - Metabolic Engineering and Synthetic Biology
CO - Golden
Position Type
Postdoc (Fixed Term)
Hours Per Week
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Job Description
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado , is the nation's primary laboratory for research, development, and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. The NREL mission is to develop renewable energy and energy efficient technologies and practices, advance related science and engineering, and transfer knowledge and innovation to address the nation's energy and environmental goals. The Renewable Resources and Enabling Sciences Center at NREL has an opening for a full time Postdoctoral Researcher within the Synthetic Biology and Bioconversion Group. The initial appointment is for one year, with possible renewal up to three years.

The successful candidate will work in the Agile BioFoundry (ABF) project to conduct metabolic engineering and synthetic biology to integrate, evolve, and improve new pathways and new genes in engineered strains for production
of renewable fuels and chemicals from various biomass-derived intermediates. Moreover, the successful candidate will work with bioprocess engineers for scale-up activities in bioreactor cultivations to improve strain performance in
an iterative fashion. This work will lead to industrially relevant strain performance.

Selected publications related to this work are listed below:

The successful candidate will be able to:
  • work safely and independently in a laboratory setting
  • plan and execute research in collaboration with other researchers
  • communicate scientific results effectively, both in written and oral formats
  • author peer-reviewed publications
  • work effectively in a large, multidisciplinary team of engineers, chemists, and biologists.

Basic Qualifications
Must be a recent PhD graduate within the last three years.
  • Must meet educational requirements prior to employment start date.
Additional Required Qualifications
  • Research experience in metabolic engineering and synthetic biology in non -model bacteria
  • Development and implementation of novel genetic tools
  • Experience with systems biology methods
  • Take initiative to set direction and goals for assigned tasks
  • A skilled researcher who applies, on a broad basis, existing theories, principles, and concepts, and is fully competent in all conventional applications of knowledge common to metabolic engineering and synthetic biology
  • Troubleshooting and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to deliver high-quality results within aggressive timelines
  • Strong record of quality peer-reviewed publications
  • Strong safety record
  • Demonstrated ability to follow complex standard operating procedures with attention to detail
Preferred Qualifications
  • Development and deployment of CRISPR-based applications
  • Experience with engineering and cultivation of anaerobic microorganisms
  • Experience in bioreactor cultivation
  • Basic analytical skills including HPLC
Annual Salary Range (based on full-time 40 hours per week)
Job Profile: Postdoctoral Researcher / Annual Salary Range: $71,300 - $117,600
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Benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance; short-term disability insurance*; pension benefits*; 403(b) Employee Savings Plan with employer match*; life and accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance; personal time off (PTO) and sick leave; and paid holidays. NREL employees may be eligible for, but are not guaranteed, performance-, merit-, and achievement- based awards that include a monetary component. Some positions may be eligible for relocation expense reimbursement.
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